Thursday, September 25, 2008

Following in my footsteps

Every night before bedtime we have story time. For years we've read 2 stories to The May Queen, but over the summer we added a third story, one that SHE reads to us. I went through her shelves (and shelves) of books and pulled out books I thought she could read and placed them in a basket for her to choose from (I'm awfully glad I kept a lot of those "baby" board books!). I also hit up the library for new books for her to read. She now often pulls other books off of her shelves and surprises us by reading many of them.

My heart fills with pride as she reads a story to me. But tonight, my heart nearly burst. As she read a book I didn't think she could read she surprised me even more by doing voices for all the characters. The same voices I use. When the frog had a deep southern accent, I nearly had to bite my tongue to keep from laughing, it was so adorable.

The May Queen does not appear to have been bitten by the acting bug, and I am totally OK with that. But I am beyond thrilled that she'll be a dynamic reader (there are few things worse than listening to someone read in a monotone!)

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22 comments:

Jyl @ MommyGossip said...

OK... I am posting in a minute and am sending you some linky love! Thanks for letting me borrow the pic.

flutter said...

she is such a cutie

Amy Y said...

I love these kind of surprises!!

Sober Briquette said...

that's wonderful!

We just finished A Cricket in Times Square, and I really enjoyed doing the different voices for Harry, Tucker & Chester.

Chaotic Joy said...

Allie is twelve and we still read together even now. Right now we are reading Little Women It's a special time together for just the two of us.

How could MQ not be a dramatic reader with you for a mama. I would love to have heard her voices. How sweet is that!

Melissa said...

Good job there!

My son had to get up and read in front of the cub scout pack last night, and I was a little concerned, but he did a fabulous job! Good inflections, pauses, the works. :)

You're right about the blah readers though...ugh.

Kyla said...

That is wonderful!

Magpie said...

I love that! I can't wait for mine to start reading.

Kathryn said...

That girl is gorgeous and a genius! What a combo! :)

thailandchani said...

It's wonderful that she's learning to appreciate books so young


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jen said...

oh, i simply can't wait for this. i can imagine that you must have wanted to burst. what a lovely, lovely gift that was. for you, and the gift of lifetime reading for her.

Aunt Becky said...

Just wonderful. I love when kids develop such a passion for reading. Good for her.

Don Mills Diva said...

Very cute!

Maybe she'll be a voiceover actor?

NotSoSage said...

I am a firm believer that love of reading is one of the greatest gifts that a parent can give a child. Well done, PM.

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

The acting bug may still hit... you never know.

I had such deja vu the other day, because I went to my son's high school to pick him up from tech theater, and there he was, high up on a ladder, hanging lights and cracking jokes, just like his mama used to do 30 years ago... sigh.

nomotherearth said...

Be still my heart.

imbeingheldhostage said...

She sounds wonderful. are you recording any of this?
And I'd love to give you ideas for MM, but I'm just stumped trying to do them-- I think my brain has started shrinking or something. :-(

Bon said...

i am hoping O develops that same delight in reading aloud...storytelling, bringing characters to life.

Louise said...

My heart would have burst, too. There are no words for when your children follow your example in some good area. And it's your example that is important.

womaninawindow said...

That's wonderful that she wants to lose herself in the characters. That she is brave enough is extraordinary!

hippos toes said...

Reading rules and is very important to me too. Although my little guy is only 20 months he loves, loves books. I can't wait for him to read to me. What a gift that is :)

niobe said...

I can only imagine how adorable this must have been.